In case it has gone unnoticed, there is a familiar pattern in these ‘well-known’ or ‘high-profile’ rapes and murders that have received more media attention than the others... they could all have survived the murderous attacks after the rape, had they accepted their fate.
What makes Zaira Wasim’s case different is the very lengthy confessional style explanatory letter which she shared through her Instagram account outlining her decision to quit her profession, which she argues, enabled an ‘environment that damaged her peace, iman and her relationship with Allah.’
Children’s bodies are ‘feminised’ the same way as women’s bodies are. Bodies become frontlines where men fight their wars, bond through gangrapes and communicate messages of hatred towards other communities.
In a state where religious conversion has always been a highly sensitive and contentious issue and anti-conversion laws have been introduced by the government; people of all religions attended the ceremonial reburial of Father Bulcke’s remains to mark his final resting place in his karmbhoomi, Jharkhand, 35 years after his death.
Several tribal communities have a long history of live-in relationships where couples cohabit out of wedlock and even have children. Most of these arrangements have thrived on gender equal norms where tribal women enjoy a degree of freedom and bargaining power.
The Third World Quarterly recently carried an article by Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science in the US, which not only glorifies colonial rule but also advocates the case for recolonizing ex-colonies
Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9 is remembering that one of the most common forms of violence against tribal women is their branding as witches. These women are sometimes killed, but more than their murders it is their lives that are a relentless story of violence, abuse and terror.
In a country with unbridled displays of masculinity in politics, public life and most of all in cricket, women cricketers have not only proven that this game can be played without the vulgar aggression and sledging but that masculinity is simply overhyped. These are achievements bigger than any victory.